Apple facts: where does the name 'iPod' come from?

“Open the pod bay door, Hal!”. This line, from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, (which refers to the white EVA Pods of the Discovery One spaceship), was the first thing that came to Chieco’s mind when he saw for the first time the white MP3 player designed by Apple. Following his inspirational moment, the device with the tag-line ‘1000 songs in your pocket’, became what we all know today as... the iPod. After the Pod name has been decided for the new device, it was just a matter of adding the ‘i’ prefix, as in iMac. Vinnie Chieco was the copywriter assigned by Apple to come with an idea of how the new player should be introduced to the public. He probably saw an analogy to the relationship between the spaceship and the smaller independent pods in the relationship between a personal computer and the music player. Launched on October 23, 2001, The Apple iPod has shortly become the most revolutionary audio player of all times. It is to our times what the portable CD player was for the 1990s, the Sony Walkman was for the 1980s, and the transistor radio was for the 1960s. Nowadays, the iPod is not just a product, a technology, it has become a social phenomenon. We use the iPod term generically, to name any portable audio player.
Athon Foden thinks the name is a stroke of genius: ‘It is simple, memorable and, crucially, it doesn't describe the device, so it can still be used as the technology evolves, even if the device's function changes.
From the classic iPod to iPod touches, up until now there are 6 generations of the iPod classic, 2 generations of iPod mini, 4 generations of the iPod Nano, 2 generations of iPod shuffle and 5 generations of iPod touch. Read our post on ‘How to identify iPod models’ if you’re not sure which one is which. Most people prefer the iPod touch, but as they are so different in size and capacities, some might still prefer one of the older models. Have you noticed that the iPod is louder than most MP3 players? Myth or truth, it is said to be so because Steve Jobs was partially deaf.
"They drove the sound up so he could hear it”, Ben Knauss (former senior manager at PortalPlayer) mentions in an interview for Wired.
 
Published
May 07, 2014